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One item announced during Apple's keynote address at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference took most observers by surprise: the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. It didn't take long, however, for the teardown specialists at iFixIt to get their hands on one and take it apart. They found the operation to be reassuringly easy, making …

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Jobs Halo

That motherboard is tiny

That motherboard is so tiny you can see it evolving (a la Darwin) into the predicted sugarcube sized computer.

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Bah!

Where's the antistatic strap?

Why swap out a 160GB drive if you don't need to? So people really need all that space on a laptop? None of my 80GB laptop drives are more than 20% full.

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Re: Bah!

@Charles Manning: So people really need all that space on a laptop?

I'm guessing you don't have your music collection on your laptop and you don't edit video?

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Linux

SD Card

The SD card sticking out is not a bad thing. It is not a netbook where you are using it as main storage. You will be popping it in to get photos off then pull it out. The SD card reader on my Dell has stopped holding the SD card properly and I need to hold it in while downloading so it does not shoot out. Even before it was fiddly to eject.

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Jobs Halo

Yes, you need that much hard drive space

You really do. If you use the machine for collating your photos - something made slightly easier now by the addition of the SD card slot - that 160GB will fill up very quickly. Use it for games, movies, TV shows etc. and that space will disappear faster than the universe in contraction mode.

New MacBook Pro 13-inch is a great buy, and especially now since Apple dropped the prices across the board. Mine's a 15-incher though - I need the screen real estate.

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Linux

I need all that space...

just for all my porn.

I may have to upgrade to one of those roomy 1/2 terabyte drives for my growing collection. I hope the motherboard will support it!

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Anonymous Coward

Disk space

Putting my amateur photographers hat on, I use a laptop for "onsite" photo editing. I use aperture. I have an external USB powered harddrive. The aperture library sits on this hdd. I can use it on my desktop and laptop. So for some the laptop is their principle/only computer. It's still more sensible to have your photo library on an external drive. Music the same. Yes, you can get a cheaper laptop. Yes you can get one with greater capacity, but if you are in the market for a Mac laptop, this is an excellent machine. This is an example of Apples excellent engineering too. Nobody makes computers as well, and if you are an environmentally concious soul, no-one makes them greener. People are prepare to pay a premium for that, even if some of the respondants that lurk here think that they are idiots. I'm sure the agument works both ways. Reminds me of some of the early anti-iPhone "I couldn't possibly live without MMS! How would my parents see my children!?" type logic.

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@Wrenchy

Don't you mean milfboard?

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Jobs Halo

The Apple way - taste the Koolaid

A bit disappointed by the sticky our SD card. My Wii has a flush SD card reader that has never failed to spring the card out. My Powerbook holds a PCMCIA reader that SD cards fit into flush. I'd have probably preferred they drop the optical drive and given me eSATA.

On the subject of hard drives everything is on my 250G laptop drive, backed up to my Time Capsule.

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No removable battery?

What a pain, having to dismantle the laptop to swap the battery. I'm guessing buying a spare for long trips is now out of the question.

(To be fair, I rarely find a train or plane that doesn't provide power now - but that's assuming you travel in the West)

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Where's the Kensington Lock slot gone?

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the lock is next to the cd slot on the other side thats why the teardown says #

Computer lock is now on the other side.

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@ Chris Haynes - Mine's a 15-incher though

really? What about your laptop tho...

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Jobs Horns

Sticky out SD Card

Personally I think it's a good idea to make the sd card slot as shallow as possible in this case (when it's not supposed to sit in the machine for long periods of time - ala ssd netbook) - that means when some muppet (and there's a good number of them) tries to stick a micro sd or some other smaller format into the reader the chances of getting it out are greatly enhanced.

I couldn't tell you the number of memory cards I've had to pull out of the wrong slot with a couple of very small precision screwdrivers to avoid sending the whole laptop away for strip down/repair. The last one that happened to the motherboard had to be replaced cause the reader was soldered to the motherboard and completely busted by the time the card was removed.

It does make you wonder how some people procreate if they can't even find the right hole on a laptop.

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500GB drives

Laptop drives hit 500GB some time ago. When I bought my MacBook, I bought a 500GB drive to go with it. It's easily user-replaceable. I paid less than £100 for it. Apple charge £160.

I paid the slight premium for their RAM to get it upgraded to 4GB, but I wouldn't have paid an extra 60% for a drive upgrade - that's just silly.

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Hard to use

That all seems preety hard to use. I mean swapping the harddisk when the old one fails is a typical user task, just like replacing a toner cardridge. Although looking back at my experience with Apple computers, you would consider putting the logic board on quick release, too.

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@Hard to use

>That all seems preety hard to use. I mean swapping the harddisk when the old one fails is a typical >user task, just like replacing a toner cardridge.

The average computer user uses their computer and takes it to PC World or somewhere when there is a problem.

Anyone who can change a toner cartridge can surely use a screwdriver.

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